[Marxism] Fwd: The Romance of American Trotskyism | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 27 10:55:50 MDT 2015


I am currently reading Vivian Gornick’s “Romance of American Communism”, 
a book that was written in 1974 and that I first read about 5 years 
later, not long after dropping out of the SWP. I am rereading it for a 
review in “Revolutionary History”, a British journal put out by people 
with mostly a Trotskyist past like me. When I first read Gornick’s book, 
I was struck by how much their experience was like mine—leaving aside 
the ideology. When I came across this excerpt, I was reminded of that. 
Substitute the word “Militant” for “Worker” and “Socialist Workers 
Party” for “Communist” and it pretty much describes our world, 
especially when I was going door to door in Harlem housing projects in 
the late 1960s selling subscriptions to the Militant.

full: http://louisproyect.org/2015/10/27/the-romance-of-american-trotskyism/



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